Michelob Rye P.A. | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Rye P.A.Michelob Rye P.A.

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Missouri, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For Rye PA, our unique twist on a pub staple, we added malted rye to the popular India pale ale style. The rye malt gives the ale a distinctive malt profile with a hint of spiciness.

50 IBU

Added by Bitterbill on 09-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of 757beerbeer559
4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer set it off for me on the hunt for RYE IPAs. Not that wasn't already looking for this flavor for a while. I bought this at a flea market, maybe not the best place to buy. I was aged. It had a long time to sit where it may have been sitting till I rescuced it, HA! Lets being, off the bat it had the smell of time on its hand. You can taste it a little of it too. The body was a great color of amber and it was cloudy. The head was great lacy rings, After each drink a ring.Nice.
I have to have one that has not sat there like this one did, becuase I think I would have more to say. Very good beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red-amber with a rich, foamy head and nice lacing, this pale ale boasts of a fragrant hoppy aroma. Yum. Taste is a solid, bitter IPA with a strong rye spiciness - challenging and completely in line with what a sturdy IPA should be like. With the rye addition, this one's a real craft beer with higher aspirations. Superb.

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Photo of BruChef
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this was an impressive beer, not even because it was an offering from Michelob, this beer holds it's own against any quality craft micro-brewed beer, but what a great combination of flavors as well. The color is an inviting orange/light copper hue and it retained 3/4 of an inch of thick head with some nice lacing to boot. The smell is d(rye), citrusy and hoppy with some caramel essence. The flavor is big in this beer: caramel and hops in the fore front with some citrus-hop like nuances mid swallow and ending with a complimenting, bready rye finish. Over all a really solid beer. Really enjoyed this one. Keep up the good work Michelob!

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Photo of jwinship83
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the mixed 12 pack. this one is actually the deciding factor on why i bought it. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a dark amber colored body with a small off white colored head. the head quickly becomes no more than a skin on top of my glass and leaves behind spotty lacing.

S- this starts off with caramel malts and a spiciness from the rye. a little bit of bread in here as well. the finish is hoppier than i was expecting. pine and grapefruit mostly.

T- the rye comes through a lot stronger in the taste than the nose, which is a good thing. nice and spicy. theres also subdued bready malts. the finish is a nice and bitter blast of grapefruit and pine with a little bit of orange.

M- medium bodied with a nice low level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish. i really enjoyed this one a lot more than i was expecting to. my favorite busch product for sure. check this out if you get the chance.

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color with a thick foamy head. Big hop smell with a lot of pine and citrus. Big bold flavor as well. A nice departure from what they normally do. I hope bite up front and then the rye flavors make themselves known. Very light aftertaste makes this very drinkable. Nicely done. Keep moving in this direction please.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date only an odd bottle number. (09217 VC74)

Appearance: The body has a bright or new coopery color with good clarity. Its head is bright white and of an average two finger size. The head has good retention and make for some cool sticky lace rings on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is very bready and spicy (rye like) with a light citrus hop aroma.

Taste/Palate: There is a good medium body on which there are notes of bready and light caramel maltiness. The rye does add its own touch of spice as well. This is all backed up and balanced by a modest addition of citrus hops and bitterness. Its carbonation is active and gives the texture a nice drinkable and cleansing feel.

Notes: There's not much I can say, other than it's a good solid and quaffable beer from Anheuser Busch.

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Photo of mdvatab
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Darugo
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im not a big IPA fan but this one is different. I got the beer in the fall sample pack because I like the port and wheat beer. This one has a nice color and thick head. It smells of citrus and flowers. The first taste is not the bitter you would expect but darker. The finish is bitter on the back of the throat and lasting. Some malt flavor so I see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild amber color with a two-finger head into my glass that leaves some lacing along the edges.

Sweet with only a hint of spicy rye in the nose. Somewhat creamy as well. A bit unimpressive for the style.

Taste is full of spicy rye and a slight hint of grassy hops. Somewhat creamy as well. It's actually pretty respectable.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spiciness and slight creaminess. Throw in a slight reminder of the grassy hops and it all makes for a halfway decent mouthfeel.

Not bad at all. The rye is there and the hops are, though they seem muted in the nose. Drinkable.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a very large slightly tan head that stays for a very long time and leaves lots of lace. Many bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smell: Bready malts, cascade hops, rye.

Taste: Begins sweeter, with a rye finish rounded out by pretty strong bitterness and breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish.

Drinkability: A very good beer by AB's standards. This one's definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of matjack85
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this single 12 oz brown bottle at Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. No freshness date anywhere on the bottle.

The beer pours a clear amber/bronze color with a 1½ finger ivory colored head that lasts a long time and leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass.

This has a really nice smell of citrus and floral hops along with sweet scents of toffee and caramel. Then add to that the smell of spicy rye in the background and you have a really nice smelling beer.

While the rye was in the background during the smell, it definitely makes its way to the forefront in the taste. Spicy rye and bitter hops dominate. There is a sweet caramel malt presence for some balance but this is a very spicy, bitter beer.

The nouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium with high carbonation to keep it spritzy. It leaves a very bitter and alcoholic aftertaste.

If you like regular APA's and IPA's then you will probably find this one very drinkable. Congratulations to Michelob for finally making a beer that's not bland.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An agressive pour from the bottle yielded a 1.25 inch high creamy head, which slowly revealed some very nice lacing. The body was a well-carbonated, clear-filtered orange-amber. Impressive appearance.

S- Spicy rye and pale malt aromas seem nicely balanced with moderate high-alpha hops on the nose. Smells good, but it is metaphorically one-dimensional... nothing too impressive.

T- Generally tastes as anticipated. Spicy rye and pale malts are met with some high-alpha hops. The hop character is earthy and reminiscent of citrus rind. The finish lingers and is reminiscent of grapefruit pith.

M- Nice full body with a nice texture from being slightly underattenuated. A soft carbonation rounds-out an impressive mouthfeel with this offering from Michelob.

D- Not bad at all, although the flavor of grapefruit pith could become overpowering with time.

Note: Others that have reviewed this beer noted a lack of hopiness... and I found this bottle to be distinctly hoppy. Perhaps I had beer from another batch?

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Fall/Winter sampler pack(bottle code 09217 vc 64), it pours a bright amber red with a 2 finger head of billowy foam. It's a nice looking brew.

The smell is light with notes of some meek citrus, some good fruity tones, a nice caramel maltiness, and a bit spicy that I'm guessing is from the rye.

The taste is bigger than the nose and in a good way. Plenty of hop bitterness with some grass and light citrus, some mild malt of the sweet variety and a touch of earth, and some good spiciness from the rye. I don't think the rye is as obvious as in other brews of the ilk that I've had but it is there and adds a nice dimension to the whole drinking experience.

It has a good medium mouthfeel and the carbonation isn't all cranked up at all; I'd say it's on the light side of medium. Head retention was very good but not much lacing.

Drinkability? There are 2 more bottles of the stuff in that pack and I'll enjoy drinking them. This is a tasty brew and I'll go so far to say that this is the best 12oz bottle of a Michelob beer I've had to date. Good job!

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Photo of turnblom79
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 0z bottle in to a pint glass.

A- Amber in color and clear. Dark yellow/ light brown head that disappears quickly.

S- Very mild smell, no overpowering hops or rye, although subtle hints of both.

T- The rye taste really complements the bitter hop taste that comes at the end of the drink. No fruitiness to the hops at all.

M- Lighter than expected, and very carbonated.

D- Definitely light enough to enjoy more than one, but probably not great for a session.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite a nice-looking beer, a clear amber with torrents of fine bubbles rising into a thick, stodgy, yellowed ivory head. Very pleasant nose as well, dominated by brown sugar and cinnamon, spicy and bready from the combination of rye, caramel malts, and hops. There is an old-world, almost Belgian quality to its aroma of dark, booze-stewed fruit and wintry spice. I am reminded of a Christmas cake. The delicate spice of rye carries is also noticeable in the flavor - but unfortunately, there isn't much nuance or impact beyond that. Even so, this is a pleasant, well-balanced, medium-bodied quaffer. I'd buy it again - especially considering it's less than $1 a bottle!

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pulled out of a Michelob Variety pack and was pleasantly surprising. Clear orange-amber without any head retention. Smells like sweet caramel with a hint of rye bread. The flavor kicks off with the same candy bread but is quickly followed up with citrus rind and earthy grapefruit. Mixed in is a dry, herbal rye grain taste that lingers into a dry, bitter finish. This isn't bitter enough to be an IPA like the label suggests, but it's a very tasty rye pale ale. I especially appreciate the long-lasting hops and rye aftertaste - very unusual for an A-B brew.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised to see this being an offering in the latest Michelob variety packs.

A: Pours a copper hue, with a busy bubbling action that serves the head well. It forms about a finger worth of slightly rolling, rather creamy head, ever so slightly off-white. It laces nicely, and quite thoroughly over the glass walls.

S: The aroma is quite light, which is a little disappointing. The rye spiciness adds a nice warmth, though it would do well to be a little bolder, I think. Hops are more on the resinous, slightly pine-like side.

T: Flavour picks it back up a notch, a little delayed on the hops, but once the flavours all come together, it's an enjoyable experience. Leafy, and rather resinous, like the nose. The rye adds a nice touch, more of a balancing act of sorts. A strong point is in the bitter aftertaste, which lingers for quite some time. It's not enough to simply be a quaffer, and that's a positive point.

M + D: I tend to like rye ales with some really robust rye notes, so a personal leaning would tend to gravitate towards those examples. That said, this was crafted well, and has a definite balance. It's solid enough to hold its own, and makes a good addition to the variety packs it came in. Hopefully, it will manage to make itself into the regular line-up.

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Photo of loveingminor
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a Michelob variety pack on sale at a local beer distributor (it was 10 bucks off!) This is one of its constituents.

Poured slightly darker than an average pale ale, which makes sense since its a Rye-PA, not an IPA.

Does not have a strong enough taste in my mind, compared to an IPA.

Would have a second.

On an side-note: the case was worth it.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a crystal clear amber color with a nearly tan head that recedes slowly leaving lace on the glass. the aroma presents a nice grassy citrus hop aroma backed nicely by the rye malt. the taste comes through with the hops and the rye nicely leaving a clean dry finish. the medium body and good co2 make this an easy drink.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a Michelob Specialty Ales & Lagers pilsner glass.

Pours a nice, clear reddish-copper hue with a billowing head of off-white froth that settles slowly and leaves behind thick rings of lacing on the glass. Very attractive in appearance.

Nose is not nearly as attractive, with a very subdued piney hop presence and a faint whiff of fruitiness.

Body is medium-light, with just enough carbonation. The palate is certainly redeeming in spite of the lack of aroma: this is most definitely an American IPA, West Coast-style with a nice helping of bitterness and citrusy, piney, resinous hop notes. The hops do not overpower, though, as a soft malt base comes in to hold things in check, providing a sweet caramel flavor that combines near the back with a bit of spicy rye twang, though it is hardly noticeable and falls in amongst the hop notes as the long, dry, bitter, resiny finish sweeps things away.

Pretty darn drinkable and hardly a bad IPA, showing that the money from the big boys does sometimes lend itself to something halfway decent. Though the rye doesn't present itself quite as much as in other representations of the style, notably those from true craft breweries, it is nonetheless a tasty, quaffable IPA and certainly deserving of a spot in Michelob's annual lineup. When money is tight and the friends are coming over, this would make a cheap yet drinkable alternative to pricier, albeit craftier, craft beer.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with little head and slight lace, but what is there is staying. Little carbonation. Smells good. Yeah, too simple. Smells of a generic pale ale, with a little rye. Meh. Mouth was creamy with a good amount of bitterness at the end.

Taste? A healthy amount of bitterness and grapefruit from the hops and rye malts to round it out. Nothing more, nothing less. Wow. This is actually a pretty decent pale ale.

Oh, it's not an IPA but what's in a name. I appreciate the stronger flavor from rye and hops from AB. I'd pick this for price over some beers costing a few $$ more a 6'er.

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Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber, light brown. Pours into a foamy, 2 finger, off-white head. Settles slowly, leaving thick, sticky lacing on the sides of the glass, and little peaks and craters on the surface as it does. Eventually leaves a smooth layer of bubbly carbonation on the surface. More dry, sticky lacing remains on the sides of the glass as you drink it down.

S: Really tangy, pungent malt, and a little pine, freshly cut grass, and nuts.

T: Bitter and pungent. Has kind of a rubbery flavor, pine, and grass.

M: Starchy feel. Light body, but the bitter flavor really assaults the palette, and linger throughout the experience. Really dry finish.

D: The dry feel makes you pucker a bit, but it is a good sipping beer if you like a nice IPA.

Really solid atmosphere. Good appearance, and simple but really full nose. Flavor is not overly complex, but full and strong. Overall, this is a really nice quaff.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel copper hue with a kahki tan head leaves speckled lacing down the sides of my imperial pint glass. Aromatics have an earthy herbal green tea leaf nose with some sweet bready biscuit and caramel presence to it. Spicy rye as well adds to the most complex brew yet from AB. Flavor has a spicy malt driven caramelized pale ale. Hops aren't citrusy more along the earthy herbal tea edge. This works quite well with the caramel and spicy rye additions, pretty impressive session ale too bad you have to buy a 12 pack of other Michelob brews. Carbonation levels are moderate not overly done boy is light to medium with no stickiness maybe a slight layer of hop oils. Overall drinkability is solid flavorful lower alcohol and impressive flavors from the big boys.

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Photo of becktone
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Eye: Body is crystal clear and dark copper with orange and red hues. Head formation and retention is nice holding at a creamy 3/4 finger. Looks quite nice, better than I expected. Sheets of lace with rings forming where previous beer leves were.

Nose: Good backbone on this beer. The beer is nicely balanced between hop and malt character. Caramel tones easily come out, hops are there to contrast the sweet tones from malt. Piney hop character. This little flyer that came with the 12 pack states that its got cascade in it, and it is cascade hops, just not the classic citrusy notes that you usually get from them. Aroma could be a bit more potent.

Tongue: After the aroma I'm expecting this beer to be somewhere inbetween an APA and an EPA. Bitterness is right upfront and is nicely balanced with the sweetness. In the finish some grassy/woody bitterness comes in...nice bitterness, toned down and not to up in your face. Rye malt does lend some spicy undertones as well as an overall dry feel to the beer. Some grainy undertones to the malt. All in all a nice beer.

Feel and Drinkability: Rye gives a general dry feeling to the beer, but it really doesn't finish dry. Light in body with appropriate levels of carbonation. This is an easy drinker and is quite decent for the price. Not bad at all. For the price, got this 12 pack for nine dollars, its probably the best deal out there. I mean you can't even get Bud for nine dollars a twelve pack. Give it a shot...for the money, I don't think it disappoints. When strapped for cash and still wanting a good beer, this may just be the way to go.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden-amber body with one and one-half fingers of bone white foam; nice lacing stemming from decent duration. I have to hand it to some of the recent AB beers I've tried--they're nice looking. Decent hop aromas on the nose--a bit of citrus, primarily bitter, with a bit of trademark sweet corn malt. Overall, decent smell.

Decent taste, too. Moderate bitterness, more hops than malt--which is just fine by me given AB's excessive reliance on corn malt. Not bad, and more complex than I expected. Not a bad hop tongue, either--could be heavier, but nice.

A pleasant surprise, Rye P.A. is one I won't turn down. A worthy effort from AB, above average.

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